Stebic lawyer added to Drew Peterson defense team

Stebic lawyer now representing Drew Peterson
December 14, 2009 9:18 AM

A lawyer who has represented Craig Stebic, suspected in the disappearance of his wife Lisa, has taken on another high-profile client: Drew Peterson.

George Lenard has joined the criminal defense team for Peterson, who is accused of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and is a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky says Lenard has been consulting with the defense team for months.

“His 21 years of experience in criminal defense will make Drew’s team stronger,” Brodsky said. “There is a tremendous amount of work that we have been doing. At every court appearance, the state’s attorney office has at least five or more people appearing on the case.”

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is being held on a $20 million bond in Will County on charges that he killed Savio in 2004. Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy has been missing since October 2007. Peterson has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this month, Lenard accompanied Stebic in a Will County courtroom as prosecutors dropped a complaint charging him with threatening a neighbor during an argument over fireworks.

Authorities have said Stebic remains a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife Lisa, who hasn’t been seen since April 30, 2007. The couple had been in the process of a divorce. Stebic has denied any wrongdoing.

Read the story at the Chicago Tribune


And then there’s the press release…

George D. Lenard Joins Drew Peterson Defense Team
Lenard brings 20-plus years of legal experience to Peterson’s team.

Joliet attorney George D. Lenard joins Peterson defense team.

(PRNewsChannel) / December 14, 2009 / Chicago, Ill. / There’s another defense lawyer joining the team representing Drew Peterson. He makes it official today.

Joliet Attorney George D. Lenard is licensed to practice in five states and has 21 years of criminal defense experience.

Peterson is charged with murder in connection with the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio. His fourth wife Stacy vanished more than two years ago, but he has not been charged in connection with her disappearance. Peterson denies wrongdoing in both cases. He’s in the Will County jail awaiting trial.

“We are very pleased that George will be joining our team. He is not only a great lawyer who has won many cases in Will County, he also has an in depth knowledge of the legal practices and procedures in Will County,” says Peterson’s lead defense attorney Joel A. Brodsky. “His 21 years of experience in criminal defense will make Drew’s team stronger.”

“There is a tremendous amount of work that we have been doing. At every court appearance, the State’s Attorney office has at least 5 or more people appearing on the case. When you add someone like George D. Lenard, you are clearly going for quality as opposed to quantity.”

“George has been consulting with the defense team for months,” says Andrew Abood, Peterson’s other criminal defense lawyer. “Today’s appearance in the case simply formalizes that role. The fact that he is located in Joliet will make it easier for us to respond to any issues that might arise that need an immediate response.”

Lenard says he’s looking forward to his role on the defense team.

“Attorneys Joel Brodsky, Reem Odeh and Andrew Abood are committed to provide Drew Peterson with the best defense possible. I look forward to helping them achieve that goal,” Lenard says.

About George D. Lenard: George Lenard is licensed to practice law in Illinois, California, Florida, Arizona, and Michigan. He is a former assistant Will County State’s attorney and also is a member of the Illinois Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee, a panel responsible for investigating the qualifications of lawyers applying to represent clients in capital cases.

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  1. Not sure exactly how much time Lenard will be able to devote to Peterson’s case. Here are some of his upcoming court dates.

    ATTORNEY DATE TIME ROOM NAME CASE CALL

    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 13 10 900 303 METTILLE THOMAS S 08DT002243 JEG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 14 10 930 407 VESTY CRYSTAL S 09CF002303 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 15 10 930 407 SAMS GERALD R 09TR077811 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 15 10 930 407 SUKSDORF KELVIN 09CF002183 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 15 10 930 406 GALLAGHER LAWRENCE W 07CF000799 DJR
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 15 10 900 305 RANGE RONALD 09DT000811 MLR
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 19 10 930 402 WHEELER JUSTIN L 05CF001016 SDW
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 19 10 930 404 PEREZ AARON J 08CF001350 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087917 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08CF002359 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087915 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087916 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087918 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 21 10 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08CF001824 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 25 10 900 BBLK GRILLO JOSEPH R 08OV009747 RAN
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 27 10 900 303 MICHELSON GANNON J 09OV007152 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 27 10 930 407 WEEKS ROBERT 08CF002716 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 29 10 930 407 CORCORAN MATTHEW M 08TR104813 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 29 10 930 407 CORCORAN MATTHEW M 08TR104812 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 29 10 930 402 ERICKSON DEBRA A 09CF001527 SDW
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 4 10 930 407 SHELTON ERIC R 06CF001082 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 5 10 930 407 HERNANDEZ RICHARD F 09CF000370 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 5 10 130 313 BOLDEN MARIO C 08CM005214 DV
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 7 10 930 403 MASSEY EUGENE JR. 07CF000152 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 7 10 930 404 BARNETT BRIAN A 07CF002311 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 7 10 930 404 SCHMIDT ADAM D 09CF001797 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 8 10 930 407 GIVENS-LUCAS LISA 08CF001524 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 8 10 900 304 PETERS MELISSA R 09TR079285 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 8 10 930 407 EDWARDS ANTHONY M 09CF002278 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 DETTMAN PATRICK E 08CF002322 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 DETTMAN PATRICK E 08CF002672 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 SMITH ZACHARY L 09CF001936 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 JONES QUINCY J 08CF001117 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 SMITH ZACHARY L 09TR086098 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 403 ARREDONDO ARMANDO 09CF002019 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 MARTINO MARCUS J 09CF000653 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 SMITH ZACHARY L 09TR086099 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 930 407 SMITH ZACHARY L 09TR086100 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 14 9 930 407 ATTEBERY ROBERT G 08OV007105 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 15 9 930 407 BURNS LARRY C 09CF002321 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 BOONE KENNETH C 09CF001574 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014509 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014505 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014506 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014508 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014504 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09TR014507 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 HAYMER GERALD A JR 09CM002906 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 HAYMER GERALD A 09CF001550 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09CF000377 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 GLOVER ERIC K 09DT000269 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 900 303 JOHNSON SARAH E 09CM001018 JEG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 404 ALEXANDER DANNY D 07CF001891 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 17 9 930 400 CERVANTES JUAN 04CF001205 RPL
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 403 DARWISH VICTOR 08CF001631 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 403 DARWISH VICTOR D 08TR087984 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 404 BOLDEN MARIO C 08CM005214 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 407 EKONOMI KENNETH 05CF002586 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 407 HAWKINS ANTHONY K 08CF002169 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09TR078041 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09TR078040 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09TR078039 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09CM001227 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09DT001321 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 900 304 BOSI SHAWN P 09OV005360 BEB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 407 ALEXANDER DANNY D 07CF001891 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 403 DARWISH VICTOR D 08TR087985 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 404 BOLDEN MARIO C 09CF002067 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 404 BOLDEN MARIO C 09CM000676 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 407 VOLPI CYNTHIA M 09CF002037 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 21 9 930 404 RUSSELL CURTIS J JR 07CF001776 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 22 9 1000 405 MONTOYA ANTHONY 09TR065738 RCS
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 22 9 1000 405 MONTOYA ANTHONY 09TR065740 RCS
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 22 9 1000 405 MONTOYA ANTHONY 09TR065739 RCS
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 22 9 1000 405 MONTOYA ANTHONY 09CF001466 RCS
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 29 9 900 305 PEREZ ANDREW M 08DT000655 MLR
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 7 9 900 302 DUFF SCOTT P 09TR052813 SARA
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 7 9 900 302 DUFF SCOTT P 09DT000941 SARA
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 8 9 930 400 FRANKLIN LEON A 08CF000719 RPL
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087916 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08CF001824 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 VENTIR ARTHUR L 07CF001135 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08CF002359 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 TURNER JANICE M 09CF002159 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 SCHULTZ CHRISTOPHER 09CF001594 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087918 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087917 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 DUGHETTI ERIC R 08TR087915 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 SCHULTZ CHRISTOPHER 09CM002535 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 SWANSON MATTHEW R 09CF002269 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 11 10 930 407 CASTANEDA JONATHAN 06CF002546 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 14 10 930 407 DAVIS JAMES K 05CF002533 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 15 10 930 407 SAMS GERALD R 09CF001684 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 6 10 930 404 NUNEZ JUAN D 07CF000983 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 7 10 930 403 MASSEY EUGENE JR. 06CM004745 EB
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 1 8 10 930 404 SULLIVAN JOHN 08CF002213 AMBT
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 11 9 900 305 HUCKSTEP HARVEY E 09TR050948 MLR
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 14 9 930 407 ATTEBERY ROBERT G 08CF002192 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 14 9 930 402 BENINATO WILLIAM A 09CF000682 SDW
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 14 9 930 407 ATTEBERY ROBERT G 07CM003630 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHENS JOHNNY JR 09CF000721 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHENS JOHNNY JR 08CF002265 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHENS JOHNNY JR 08TR001683 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHEN JOHNNY JR 09CF001908 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHENS JOHNNY JR 08TR001684 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 16 9 930 407 STEPHENS JOHNNY JR 09CM000577 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 18 9 930 407 BRADLEY CHARLES 09CF000730 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 30 9 900 305 BLOOMINGBIRD DARIEN 05OV005377 SARA
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 7 9 930 407 COLVIN JENNIFER L 09CF000622 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 7 9 930 407 COLVIN JENNIFER L 07CF000644 CAG
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 7 9 930 406 PIZARRO JOSE M 08CF001846 DJR
    LENARD GEORGE DEAN 12 9 9 930 407 JOHNSON JAVELL 09CF000318 CAG

  2. Maybe Drew could cut his attorney costs and improve his chances if he just dropped Joel altoghether and stuck with this guy. He sure is busy but Stebic is still at home. He seems to have a much quieter no-nonsense approach to his lawyering. :)

  3. It would make sense TAI, but I think Joel couldn’t possibly walk away from the fame associated with being Drew’s lead counsel, even if he is not qualified to do the job.

    Joel Brodsky at SYM May 2008:

    “To end the speculation and comments I have come accross in other blogs and posts, Yes, I am the first chair. Drews team has obviously planned for any contingency, no matter how remote, and in the very unlikely event that there is a trial I will be lead counsel. This has been discussed and agreed to by all.”

    “Drew got alot of inquires. He interviewed a dozen attorneys. He picked me to be lead counsel and Andrew Abood as second chair, and John Carroll will add his special knowledge if there is a trial (hes a lawyer and former Chicago homicide detective) He picked me because he trusts me and believes in my ability. The attorney client relationship is a special one, especially in criminal cases. You have to be comfortable with and trust each other. Its more than just a legal services relationship, the lawyer is an attorney, advisor, psychiatrist, counselor, coach, etc.”

  4. So,who all is on the team at present? There must be more than this…

    Attorneys
    Joel A. Brodsky
    Reem Odeh
    Andrew Abood
    John Carrol
    Walter Maksym
    George Lenard

    Law Scool Grads
    Clinton Van Nocker
    Michael L. Raff
    Anthony Nehme
    Kendall Hartsfield

    Law Student
    Melissa Anderson

  5. I’m not saying that Joel would decide to walk away. Maybe Drew will decide he wants someone else after all of the empty promises he has received to date. Main one is that he’d only be in for a day or two (as Joel is on vacation the day of Drew’s initial arraingment).

  6. WBBM News Radio broadcast this news, but added something about Peterson paying for another lawyer. Brodsky remarked how Peterson has run successful businesses.

    I’m losing track here – is he running out of money or is he now a successful businessman who can pay dozens of lawyers? It changes with the wind.

    Also, I’m wondering if Peterson is the guy who asked that Lenard be brought onto his defense team. After all, he’s the guy paying the bills — wouldn’t he be the one to decide who represents him?

  7. “Attorneys Joel Brodsky, Reem Odeh and Andrew Abood are committed to provide Drew Peterson with the best defense possible. I look forward to helping them achieve that goal,” Lenard says.

    I guess Drew didn’t feel that he had the best defense possible and wanted to bring in Lenard?

  8. Personally, I would be embarrased to admit that I joined Captain Boogie on the Titanic Ship of Fools to help arrange the deck chairs and write silly court Motions.

    Ring that Bell for the Ship of Fools … Ding Doooooong!

  9. JAH – my guess would be that Stebic got good advice. Something Peterson didn’t get, or ignored if he did. Or, was so out of control, his lawyer couldn’t handle him. But, regardless, it’s kinda late to “unring the bell” now that Peterson has made numerous statements over months and months, laughed and joked about his dead and missing wives, and got himself as much publicity as possible. Notorious and unliked by most, he has a lot to overcome before the jury even gets to the evidence.

  10. I’m sure Drew is hoping for some of the George Lenard mojo that’s been keeping Craig Stebic out of jail. Too bad he hand-picked the Chicken Wing King, Joel Brodsky two years ago.

  11. Yeah, and wouldn’t it have made more sense to have an attorney that was astute enough to rein in the man of a thousand words, than actually have one that contributed to the steamroller?

    It’s kind of hard to take a defense seriously when one uses his client to promote his personal bar, accompanies him to a win-a-date radio contest, and hangs out with Mancow when things are slow at the office. Then files a motion to whine about how much the media hounds his client.

    Bah. Maybe, finally, Peterson got a sensible guy who will handle his defense the way it should be. At least someone who will make intelligent decisions on his behalf, not act like one of the media whores he’s had all these months.

  12. There has to be a pretty good reason for Stebics lawyer to join Drews Team, unless negative attention is beneficial to his own career and good for Greg Stebics case (!!)

  13. How about this: Drew Peterson finally gets it. He finally realizes he’s in for the fight of his life, and he needs the best advice and defense he can get in order to overcome what evidence may be coming out against him. No jokes, no games, no engagements to 23 year olds. Solid, legal advice.

    That, rather than the bull crap he’s engaged in all these months, with the blessing of Brodsky.

  14. I bet Creg Stebic must be ecstatic his lawyer is joining the defense team of a man who loses wives on a regular basis and is sitting in jail awaiting trial for murdering one of them.

    Just the sort of thing he needs to draw attention away from his own missing wife (!!)

  15. Funny, heh, how the official Scheme Team press release never mentions a word about Lenard being Craig Stebic’s attorney. Only that he’s experienced in Will County matters. Wouldn’t make sense to highlight the fact that he’s got a client with a missing wife, having been in the midst of a divorce, who isn’t nationally known for his silly antics and blubbering.

  16. Stebic’s attorney joins Peterson team

    December 15, 2009
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@scn1.com

    JOLIET — O.J. Simpson hired nine lawyers when he found himself jailed on a murder rap. Drew Peterson is nearly halfway to matching the Juice now that he has added local attorney George Lenard to his legal stable.

    And by taking on Peterson, Lenard, a part-time public defender with a private practice, can claim he represents the husbands of the region’s two most famous missing mothers, as he started advocating for Craig Stebic in March 2008.

    While Stebic has never been charged with doing anything untoward to his missing wife, Lisa Stebic, the Plainfield police have named him the sole suspect in her April 2007 disappearance.

    In this regard, Stebic has much in common with Peterson, who state police believe had a hand in the “potential homicide” of his missing fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Stacy Peterson vanished in October 2007.

    State police have failed to act on their suspicions in the Stacy Peterson case, but did arrest Drew Peterson in May on charges of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004.

    In the three and a half years following of Savio’s death, state police insisted she accidentally drowned while taking a bath, changing their tune only after the next wife mysteriously disappeared.

    Bolstering the defense

    Until Monday, Peterson had been represented by three men: Chicago attorneys Reem Odeh and Joel Brodsky, and Andrew Abood of East Lansing, Mich.

    But with a landmark hearing to determine what — if any — hearsay evidence will be allowed at the former Bolingbrook cop’s murder trial on the docket for next month, he apparently saw a need to bolster his defense.

    In selecting an additional lawyer, Peterson has not reached out to a stranger. Lenard began working as an assistant state’s attorney in 1984 and was still part of that office when Peterson was indicted on charges of official misconduct and failure to report a bribe in June 1985.

    Peterson was working under the auspices of the multijurisdictional Metropolitan Area Narcotics Squad when he allegedly committed the crimes. The indictments alleged he solicited drugs in exchange for information about his agency.

    The charges were later dropped. Special prosecutor Raymond Bolden, who is now a judge, said at the time that the charges were not provable.

    Lenard failed to return calls for comment.

    Lenard is not only familiar to Peterson, but also to the man trying to put him in prison, State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

    “The state’s attorney has known George Lenard personally for 25 years,” said Charles B. Pelkie, the office’s spokesman. “They worked together in the state’s attorney’s office for 25 years as assistant state’s attorneys in the 1980s.”

    Lenard’s hiring has made no impact on the prosecution’s strategy, Pelkie said, noting, “Our preparation is moving forward.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/bolingbrooksun/news/1938512,Peterson-Stebic-attorney-JO121409.article#

  17. In the hopes of finding missing mom, Lisa Stebic:

    Posted: Tuesday, 15 December 2009 6:06AM

    ‘Where is Lisa Stebic?’ Billboard goes up in Michigan

    CHICAGO (AP) ― An advertising billboard is going up in Michigan in another bid to try and find an Illinois mother missing since 2007.

    The billboard featuring a photo of Lisa Stebic is being placed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where her husband’s family had a vacation cabin. Text emblazoned on it says, “Where is Lisa Stebic?” with the words “Someone Knows!” underneath. It also offers a $75,000 reward.

    The mother of two was last seen in Plainfield, Ill., in April 2007. Authorities have named Stebic’s husband, Craig, a “person of interest” in her disappearance. But he isn’t charged with any crime and has denied involvement.

    Stebic family spokesmen say they’re asking Michigan hunters and snowmobilers to report any sightings of bones or remains to authorities.

    Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

    http://www.wbbm780.com/-Where-is-Lisa-Stebic—Billboard-goes-up-in-Michi/5897513

  18. Don’t forget, Drew (or Maksym) has got court tomorrow:

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    Honorable Ronald A. Guzman Courtroom 1219 (RAG)

    1:09-cv-06746 Peterson v. JPMorgan Chase Bank NA 09:30 Status Hearing

  19. You know, the more I think about this, the more I wonder why Peterson wouldn’t want to rearrange his whole defense team.

    In all fairness, they haven’t lost the gun charge yet – they just managed to get it bounced around and in Appellate Court because the State didn’t turn over discovery the Judge ordered them to. No brilliant legal arguments to brag about yet for the defense in that regard.

    Peterson hasn’t been the recipient of any rulings in his favor, so far. His attorney went on all these months about how he didn’t think there was any evidence, or at least enough, to charge Peterson with any crimes. Said he’d never, ever be charged. He was charged with two counts of murder. His attorney went on about how excessive the bond was and was confident he’d get it reduced. It wasn’t. His attorneys presented and argued a motion for a change of venue due to excessive media exposure. We all know why Peterson is world known, including the fact that his present attorneys couldn’t shut him up. The one rule all attorneys follow — keep your mouth shut. Nope. Case is staying where it is. Client’s mouth? To coin a phrase his son used — do the math.

    The attorneys asked that Peterson have access to the discovery documents while incarcerated, including a laptop. Nope.

    Peterson’s attorneys argued a motion against the newly adopted hearsay law. Lost that.

    That’s not to mention that they are handling the Savio civil matter. They lost on the issue of re-opening the estate, including at the Appellate level. They lost a homeowner’s insurance issue, which would have helped pay the legal fees. There’s a wrongful death suit pending.

    Now, only weeks away from a critical time in his legal woes, he hires on a new lawyer.

    Hmmm. Wonder who’s in charge now? I’d vote for the guy who has managed to control his client, one who is also a suspect in his wife’s disappearance/possible homicide situation as Peterson. Who wouldn’t? Maybe we’ll see some professional, intelligent legal defense for a change, rather than Google searches, references in motions that ask for bells to be rung and guidelines for proffering witnesses, and media appearances in exchange for chicken wing promotions.

    Oh, and if that’s not enough, something about white noise and Robert Blake.

  20. According to Joel the new lawyer has already been advising The Defense Team for about 4 months, during which time the “Ring-The-Bell” and other various bizarre motions were conceived, so I am not holding out much hope anything is going to change for the better.

    Judging by the long list of Court dates, George Lenard also doesn’t appear to be short of work and we may presume some lawyers do get paid by their clients, so why would this man have the need to voluntarily involve himself in this case and draw attention to himself/his own clients and in particular Craig Stebic (got the spelling of his name right this time).

    If he wants to keep Craig Stebics case quiet and out of the news than joining Drews Defense Team is hardly going to be achieving that goal, so there must be another reason he is going down that road (!!)

  21. December 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm | #15
    Quote

    I’m sure Drew is hoping for some of the George Lenard mojo that’s been keeping Craig Stebic out of jail. Too bad he hand-picked the Chicken Wing King, Joel Brodsky two years ago.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    But how did George Lenard keep Craig Stebic out of jail, considering Craig Stebic hasn’t been charged with anything yet ?

    All George Lenard has done so far is keeping Craig Stebic quiet and it remains to be seen if Craig Stebic wanted to talk and get himself in the spotlight in the first place anyway.

    Most people don’t want to be boasting publicly about missing wives, especially if they are the main suspect or a “person of interest”, so why does George Lenard, by joining Drew Petersons Defense Team, suddenly want new attention focused on Craig Stebic who has been flying under the radar all this time.

    It doesn’t make sense !

  22. Good Morning All,

    I am thinking that maybe Lenard is “testing the waters” so to speak. Sort of a fishing expedition if you will. I think that he is wondering how this will play out as well and maybe what he can learn (yeah right) from this case. IMO

    OT, there was an article printed here regarding a bones found in a sleeping bag. Has there been any more info?

  23. Hi mom2babies.

    I think I remember the reference to remains being discovered in the recent past (sleeping bag), but I did not see anymore information about that.

    I can’t imagine what Lenard’s reasons are for joining the Scheme Team. Maybe Peterson himself has more to do with that than we know. Besides, business is business, and maybe the media exposure for Mr. Lenard is something he doesn’t mind having, since it will give him national exposure.

  24. I did a quick Google but didn’t see any more news about the Bunker Hill Woods bones.

    Maybe Lenard would like to write a book as well one day. Two high profile cases certainly won’t hurt his chances at getting a publisher.

  25. From Steph Watt’s blog:

    Pastor Neil Schori (http://www.napervillechristian.org/) found himself thrust into the media spotlight when he came forward with information that Stacy Peterson confided in him shortly before she disappeared. She stated that her cop husband, former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, not only murdered his ex-wife, but Stacey helped cover up the crime. As Peterson sits in jail awaiting trial, Neil has just met with the State Attorney’s office again. Will Drew be charged with Stacey’s murder as well? Neil will talk to us exclusively for the hour about his experience, his struggles to come forward with what a parishioner told him in confidence, his own fears and his family’s fears of Peterson. Now known as the twittering Pastor (resurrectedheart.com), learn how Neil has used this experience to better his Ministry, the lives of others and his work helping other victims of crimes. Please join us with your questions, Sunday night 12/20/09 at 8:00 p.m. live at Blogtalkradio.com/Watts-Up-with-This.

    Neil Schori serves as lead pastor of Naperville Christian Church in the Chicago suburbs. Neil has a Master of Arts in counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Over the past 10 years, Neil has served full time in several pastoral roles, ranging from family care and counseling to community groups and assimilation.

    http://stephww.wordpress.com/2009/12/17/pastor-neil-shori-and-the-drew-peterson-case/

  26. LOL! This is some wishful thinking on Armstrong’s part. In its amended form people like him would not be covered by the media shield. Under the amended version student journalists, amateur bloggers, and even freelancers working without a contract would not be covered.

    http://www.officialwire.com/main.php?action=posted_news&rid=41628&catid=1096

    Still wonder exactly why he is so terrified by the prospect of turning over his interview tapes (which had been for sale) and testifying. Exactly who is he protecting? I in no way think his actions are altruistic. There must be something in his materials that would be damaging to himself.

  27. My guess would be that he’s fully aware what’s going to come out of this, and, yes, he just might be EXPOSED himself. He put himself out there as an investigator, who happens to write books, who did hundreds and hundreds of interviews.

    I don’t believe that. His book was not full of investigations – it was full of rehashing of local journalists’ stories. The only guy he interviewed was the charged felon.

    What is he so afraid of? What is on his tapes that has him using a shield to keep him for turning over his tapes? Or, is it that he doesn’t have tapes. Which is it?

    I hope the Will County State’s Attorney chases this rat down until he’s caught and has to turn over his recordings. He made his money in the U.S., sucking up to the creep sitting in jail and his Scheme Team. He needs to quit hiding in Canada and face the music.

  28. I wonder if Armstrong is worried because it has been written in his book that he recorded all those DP tapes in JB’s Chicago law office. Would that put him in Glasgow’s Illinois jurisdiction. He also is in California and Florida.

    It appears that Armstrong ‘Exposed’ himself in numerous areas.

  29. Armstrong says the ex-cop acted “cold” when he spoke about Stacy Peterson, and he has released some clips of the interview audio tapes to the media in the days since his book hit shelves Oct. 1.

    Brodsky said he and Peterson are unhappy about Armstrong’s decision to release some of the interview tapes.

    “I’m kind of upset about the release of the clips,” Brodsky told FOXNews.com. “We kind of look at it as a betrayal. He knows we’re disappointed.”

    As for whether he believes Peterson is guilty, the author is reluctant to say for sure. He said that parts of the interviews with the ex-Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer made him uneasy.

    “I don’t think there’s enough evidence either way, but I’m very uncomfortable,” he said. “That’s why I’m releasing the tapes.”

    He admitted he’s also making portions of his interviews available for publicity of his book.

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,434441,00.html

    Okay – so there you have it. Armie has mixed emotions about Peterson’s guilt or innocence, so he releases portions of his tapes to the media for, for, for ……

    Brodsky then goes on about being unhappy and kind of upset that Armie supposedly released portions of the tapes/interviews. Kind of upset? Any other time an author goes on the record about his accused murderer of a client, he’s shooting off cease and desist letters. In the case of Armie, he’s “unhappy” and “kind of upset.” Hmmmm.

    Armie finishes off by admitting he did so to get publicity for his book. Yet, when the authorities want the interviews to unravel the mystery of what happened to Stacy Peterson, or what may help clear up some inconsistencies either way, Armie runs for the hills and whines about being a journalist.

    What a crock of Derek Armstrong, a/k/a bullcrap.

  30. Maybe a call into Nancy Grace, Geraldo, etc should be in order so everyone knows what kind of a person Armstrong really is. What kind of a person wouldn’t want to see justice served? I will tell you what kind of a person……a crook, someone who only cares about money, and what they get out of it all! He doesn’t care about getting to the bottom of what happened to Stacy, or who killed Kathleen! Armstrong only cares about money in his pocket! It is a down right disgrace for him not to turn over those tapes to investigators so they can clear some things up, or find that something Drew said to him is not adding up with what he told LE in the beginning, or the investigators on the case. Armstrong not turning over the tapes and hiding like a coward is so wrong! Give up the tapes Armstrong, do the right thing and stop worrying about making a buck for once!

  31. It appears that Armstrong has a lot of legal problems as a result of his own actions.

    That whole bunch of DP supporters are motivated by greed and all they are getting are legal problems and failures. Looks like doing things for the wrong reason doesn’t pay off like they thought it would.

  32. facsmiley :Nice to see that Armstrong is now a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists. Looks like you can buy that for $75…Canadian.

    So much deception, so many lies… and sooo transparent

    They can fool some of the people some of the time,but
    They can’t fool everyone all of the time.

  33. It’s my guess that the tapes contain a lot of discussion about what Drew wants him to say, and instructions as to how it should be said. IMO, Armie is terrified of being revealed as a fraud more than anything else.

    What he needs to understand is that most people knew this before the book even came out. He’s really got no public perception of integrity to protect, if that’s any comfort. ;)

  34. You have a good point facs – that there might be chatter on those tapes that doesn’t quite jive with the way Armie says things were.

    What I can’t get over is the unhappiness and kind of upsetness that Brodsky was quoted as saying. Are you kidding me? If Armie did something that was against the terms of their agreement, such as must be the case with Phelps and/or LeFort, he would have been all over him like flies on poo poo (which is the picture I get in my mind of all of these nitwits).

    Instead, he comes across as warm and fuzzy, mixed in with a little impishness.

    Bah!

  35. I listened to Steph Watt’s interview with Neil Schori and took some notes on the the case-related parts of the interview. Obviously, Neil had some boundaries on what he wanted to discuss about the case. It sounds like he is doing a lot of good work at Naperville Christian Church, especially regarding domestic abuse within faith communities.

    About Stacy:
    She was just a very very kind person. A kind, busy mom — not too much unlike my own wife. Just a regular mom. Just kind of tired like every other mom you see with young kids.

    Stacy’s disappearance:
    I heard about it like everybody else did, really early on.

    How his church reacted to her disappearance:
    At that time I had just started my position at Naperville Christian Church so I was in transition. A lot of things had happened. At the start of October my twin daughters were born. In some ways that time is sort of a blur to me.

    Question from chat. Does a pastor have an obligation to report a murder if someone has confessed either by a perpetrator or hearsay?
    That’s an excellent question and I’ve heard different responses from different people. I don’t exactly know. I know there’s certainly a moral obligation to do something with it. It’s kind of a tough question.

    You’ve come under attack from members of the media for coming forward with your story. Do you struggle with your decision to do so?
    I’ve struggled with lots of decisions in my life. It’s not unusual in ministry to have to struggle with decisions. Obviously is one of a great magnitude. Certainly I did. Very.

    Handling media attention:
    We had all sorts of people show up at my house, make phone calls, bombard us with emails. Most of the press didn’t respect any personal boundaries and that was really challenging.

    Have you ever been told not to speak to the media by anybody?
    No, nobody has. People have given me leeway to do what I think is right. I just think it’s my personal choice to keep things pretty quiet. The media is pretty good at twisting words. I want to eliminate that possibility so I have to be very careful in anything additional that I say.

    Attacks from the defense suggesting he had a relationship with Stacy:

    It wasn’t a huge surprise. It was interesting that when the defense was confronted with asking who their sources were, they finally admitted it was Drew Peterson, which is kind of funny. That was quickly dispelled. I wasn’t surprised at all. I think underhanded tactics are pretty typical in situations like this.

    Did you ever meet with Drew after Stacy disappeared?
    No.

    Question from chat. Does coming forward with a confession or confidence affect other parishioners. Any backlash?
    I think it’s shown that I’m a trustworthy person. I’ve been contacted by other people in difficult situations and they have said, I think you are a safe person to go to. If anything, I think it’s opened up opportunities for people to reach out and get help.

    Upcoming trial:
    I am prepared. Absolutely. It’s been a long time coming so if I’m called, I’m certainly ready.

    Coming forward:
    It wasn’t an easy situation. I never worried about my position in the church. I just had to come to a decision of what I was supposed to do. It was certainly challenging. There are things you do not learn in seminary.

    How does the case continue to affect your life:
    There are a lot of churches and church leaders who don’t pay attention to the issue of abuse and violence and struggles in homes as they should. I hear stories of women who are bold and courageous. I’m finding that there are not too many safe places for women to go, especially in the faith community. There are women going to church leaders for help and they are being told that their place is with their husband, so go back home to your husband. That is cruel and heartless and it’s poor theology. My hope is that my church will be a place where people feel that it’s safe to come. Especially this time of year.

    What is your obligation if someone comes to you and says I think my husband or my wife or my partner committed murder. I’m in fear for my own life. Are you obligated to have a relationship with law enforcement or is there a code to keep that confidential:
    I’ve heard of secrecy in certain denominations…I’ve heard of priests who hear a confession and no matter what they hear they would never share that. That goes against some codes of decency. What ends up happening is people getting away with some really terrible things. I have a masters degree in counseling and one of the things we learned was if you are serving as a pastoral counselor there are certainly things that you have to report. One would be if someone was threatening their own life. You’re required to intervene. If someone threatens a child, you have to report that. Obviously there are situations that are more complex than that and you have different decisions to make.

    Did you struggle alone at night, with your knowledge after Stacy came to you and after she went missing:
    It was as struggle and far from common. It was a very difficult thing to hear and the ramifications of what was shared with me are enormous and hopefully will be played out in court soon.

    Public reaction to coming forward:
    It was strange, but I didn’t regret doing it. I wanted to see if other people out there had other information. I asked them to come forward.

    I believe your coming forward could only do good and propel this case forward:
    You guys (Watts, Fuhrman, Greta, Fox) were really great and professional. I received some criticism. Some said, ‘you shouldn’t have come forward. You’re a pastor’. I completely stand by what I did. I mainly received support. I did it for the right reason.

    Do the families still talk to you:
    I haven’t spoken to anyone in quite some time.

    You were involved with vigils and support/search groups:
    The one-year anniversary of Stacy’s disappearance, I was honored to be invited to be a part of that. It was a beautiful remembering of Stacy and Kathleen.

    Drew Peterson clowning for the media:
    I’ve seen so many cases where someone always wants to be involved with the media. It was surreal. The whole thing has been surreal.

    Were you ever offered money for your story?
    I have never received any money for what I’ve done. I won’t get into the details of what people have tried to do.

    That’s the kind of thing that can come back to bite you at trial.
    Certainly, and I can honestly say that I have not.

    Does it anger you that if the police had done their work (checking phone records from the night Kathleen was killed against the alibi Stacy provided for Drew) that you wouldn’t be in this situation now?
    I can’t speak to the police work. Obviously, in general I would hope that people would just do their jobs and pay attention.

    Drew’s antics:
    In a perfect world, I’d love to see the media pay more attention to the case than to the sensational. The bottom line is there are two families that need justice.

    Have you ever feared for your family after coming forward?
    It was unnerving. Yes.

    I realize it’s been very limiting what you can talk about and I know it may have been frustrating for people listening, but I appreciate you coming on the show.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/watts-up-with-this/2009/12/21/watts-up-with-this

  36. That was fabulous, Facs! I’m sure you know how interested we all are in what Pastor Schori has to say. Thanks very much!

  37. Yes, Facs, I am trying to follow the Susan Powell case. Another sad case of a young mom possibly being ripped away from her young children.

    She also left behind notes and/or a journal. Until the facts are uncovered, we’ll have to reserve judgment, but it seems as though her husband is like a deer caught in headlights and may be having a tough time now facing the reality of what he may have done.

  38. Despite the efforts of the Scheme Team, Drew only made #9 in the list of top Illinois stories this year:

    9. DREW PETERSON: The brash, mustachioed former police sergeant from Bolingbrook — who found tabloid fame after his fourth wife’s October 2007 disappearance — was indicted in May in the drowning death of his third wife. Kathleen Savio was found dead in an empty bathtub in 2004, just before the couple’s divorce settlement was finalized. Her death originally was ruled an accidental drowning but authorities later said it was a homicide staged to look like an accident. Peterson has denied wrongdoing yet remains a suspect in the disappearance of fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-ye-top10news-2009,0,3091601.story

  39. How very sad that men like Drew Peterson gain “tabloid fame” after the deaths of two wives. The papers will have much to report, as details of the investigation continue to unfold. One can only hope the ghosts of Christmas Past have visited a Will County jail cell.

    I wonder if he talks in his sleep.

  40. On January 5, 2010, DP will celebrate his 56th birthday and

    243 days in the graybar hotel pokey eating 100grams of Soy … :)

  41. A year ago, DP was leaking engagement rumors to Ms. R. and pictures of a ring (perhaps familiar to the ghosts of Christmas Past) surfaced from her dad. My what a difference a year can make!

    Keeping the faith!

  42. Wow! Poor Lenny’s family, as well as the others. I have a feeling his release is due to the sad realization that Illinois is broke and having a difficult time paying bills. California is doing a similar thing. The families should have been notified in advance. Shame on the State of Illinois prison system.

  43. ‘Why is this guy out?’
    34 years into his 100-year prison sentence, a convicted killer is back home

    December 27, 2009

    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@scn1.com
    When mulling over whether to wear a wire to secretly record conversations with former friend and accused wife-killer Drew Peterson, Len Wawczak remembered how a complete stranger stepped forward to put the finger on the man who gunned down his father during a gas station stickup in 1975.

    That woman helped put a cold-blooded killer away for the next 100 to 200 years. Or so Wawczak thought.

    Instead of the century or two he was ordered to serve by Judge Michael Orenic, the murderer, Kenneth Johnson, walked free after doing 34 years, four months and 22 days…

  44. I bet she was thrilled to have him home. LOL

    Putting that murderer under electronic probation under the same roof of his elder mother will only cause her problems and abuse … like feeding raw meat to a wild animal. I wouldn’t be surprised if one day she is found dead, mummified, and hidden somewhere in the house or back yard, and he is collecting and living off of her monthly Social Security check.

    It’s been done before …

    This insanity will continue until the people who make these decisions, themselves or their loved ones, become victims of the poor rehabilitated ‘perps’ they put back out in the street.
    He was discharged as unfit from the Service and sent to a psychiatrist. What does that tell you?

    It is my belief that just like an animal that kills, once they have experienced the taste of blood, they cannot be rehabilitated. They cannot go back… they crossed the line and only get more and more violent.

    Putting that murderer under electronic probation under the same roof of his elder mother will only cause her problems and abuse … like feeding raw meat to a wild animal.

  45. I suppose he’s given the Parole Board the guarantee he is going to listen to his mother because how else is he going to be living under her roof for the next two years ?

  46. If this man has had 25 yearly parole reviews to date and not at anyone time was he eligible for release, what happened between the 24th and 25th review (that last year) that he suddenly became a good guy to be able to live on the outside ????

    Something miraculous has happened in that last year for the Board to so unanimously (13-0) let him go !!

    WHAT WAS IT ??????

  47. Governor Quinn’s Early Release Program…

    Now under reconsideration because the candidate Quinn got mail from the voters.

  48. justanotherhen :If this man has had 25 yearly parole reviews to date and not at anyone time was he eligible for release, what happened between the 24th and 25th review (that last year) that he suddenly became a good guy to be able to live on the outside ????
    Something miraculous has happened in that last year for the Board to so unanimously (13-0) let him go !!
    WHAT WAS IT ??????

    It’s called a huge shortfall of cash and rather than cutting the government waste they thought we wouldn’t notice a few prisoners receiving early release. Maybe a relocation area close to the governor’s home would be a great location for these guys. Who better to keep an eye on them? Sad very sad! IMO

  49. It is disgusting because statistics show this man will get out and commit more violent offenses and most likely murder again. Just like the one they let out who went and killed their four officers in WA. Then when this man does go and murder someone else they will say Oh we didn’t know, had we known we would of never let him out. The system is so messed up and the victims have no rights, only the criminals!

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